I don’t normally like showing off because I fully realize no one cares about the things I’m above mediocre at, but when I play Tetris all I can think about is: “How can I get my friends over here so I can show them how good I am at stacking blocks?”
I love Tetris because every block that slides together gives me a smidgen of satisfaction. Add up all those smidgens and you’ve got one giant good mood put together by the end of the evening. And the music? I could hum it all day. Love it!
You know what’s even better? I’m so good that I beat Adrian almost every time. Then I started thinking. I realized I’m not this good at anything – especially not video games. He always beats me, and if I happen to beat him a few times at a new game it’s only a matter of days, if not hours, before he is miles better than I’ll ever be.
Sometimes he is SO much better than me, like with Wii tennis, that I have zero hope of ever winning even accidentally so I get fed up and never look at the game box again. This has happened a few times.
If you have seen LOST I’m sure you’ll remember the episode called “The Long Con.”
One of the main characters of the show, Sawyer, gets with a woman named Cassidy who finds out he’s a con artist. She’s intrigued, so they start conning people together and eventually she asks how to pull a long con. You find out that she is, in fact, Sawyer’s long con, and he’s been planning from the beginning to steal a large sum of money she received in her divorce settlement that she thinks she’s hidden from him.
I feel like I may be Cassidy, except with Tetris. Adrian has always sworn he’d never let me win even one game of anything, so for weeks I never suspected until I realized my constant wins might be a long con – intended to boost my confidence and send me to bed with a smile each night.
I’ve never known Adrian to lie to me in 10 years. So this is a huge point for him when he says he hasn’t been letting me win for months to make me believe I’m good at a game. Also, I beat his all time high score. On the other hand, I just can’t compete with him in any other game, so why this one? Am I truly a Tetris rising star?
What do you think? By the way, this is my blog’s first poll, and I’m super excited about it!